This recruitment will remain open until a selection is
made. It is in the candidate's best interest to apply as soon
First review of applications will be February 22,
The hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was
created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the
social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and
families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or
other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should
reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for
candidates that reflect that diversity.
We're looking for passionate, experienced professionals with a
social service/social work background to join our team to help
shape the lives of children by not only offering their service
using a diverse, equitable lens but also doing it with the
utmost inclusivity and respect to those from all
backgrounds. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and
youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally,
and educationally, nurtured by family and community."
Social Service Specialist 3
DCYF is currently seeking proactive learners and resilient
contributors to join our Children Protective Services (CPS)/Family
Assessment Response (FAR) office in our Moses Lake office. Performs
advanced-level work in the investigation of child abuse and neglect
allegations and specialized case management in the CPS/FAR unit.
This position investigates allegations, assesses complex family
situations, develops plans to protect children either in their own
homes or in out of home care through the intervention of the court
system, and makes findings of abuse or neglect based on the results
of the investigation. In performing all duties, the CPS/FAR
Investigations Social Service Specialist adheres to the tenets of
the Solutions-Based Casework (SBC) model with a focus on
understanding and respecting the strengths of the clients including
their heritage, cultural beliefs, and values, communication and
Child Protective Services (CPS) - Child Protective Services
(CPS)- Persons who suspect that a child is being abused or
neglected contact CPS with their concerns. If the allegations
meet the screening criteria, they will be assigned to an
Investigation or Family Assessment Response:
- Investigations - Allegations of sexual abuse and severe
allegations of physical abuse and neglect are investigated to
determine if abuse or neglect occurred and whether additional
services are needed to keep children safe and help the family to be
successful in the long-term. CPS investigations are generally
completed within 45 days and the case is either closed or moved to
FVS or CFWS for continued case management
- Family Assessment Response (FAR) - FAR is an alternative CPS
pathway for families with low and moderate allegations of child
abuse or neglect. Families who qualify for FAR may choose the FAR
or Investigative pathway. In FAR, there is no investigation and no
finding of whether the alleged abuse or neglect occurred. Social
workers work with the family to keep children safe and build on
their strengths to establish the community supports the family
needs to be successful in the long-term.
If you are passionate about caring for children and providing
them the support they desperately need and ensuring they are being
provided the comfort that their best interests are at heart, our
Social Service Specialist 3 may be your next career. This
position is responsible for investigation in foster care in the
Moses Lake area and engages critical thinking through the decision
making and case planning. This position can be highly stressful as
you are responsible for protecting children from risk and harm
whenever indicated with little supervision.
Here is some of what you'll do as a CPS/FAR
- Meet all casework management directives required by law,
policy, and other mandates.
- Adhere to the Solution-Based Casework (SBC) model.
- Perform advanced-level work in the investigation of child abuse
and neglect allegations and specialized case management.
- Investigate allegations, assess complex family situations, and
develop plans to protect children either in their own homes or out
of home care through the intervention of the court system.
- Make findings of abuse or neglect based on the results of the
- Focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of families
including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values,
communication, and learning styles.
- Work independently in devising your own work methods to provide
an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent, and
solution-focused case management.
- Provide accurate and timely entries into FamLink.
- Identify and develop community supports and resources.
- Take additional action when needed to meet the needs of child
safety, permanency, and well-being.
What we are looking for:
Professionals with one (1) year of experience as a Social
Service Specialist 2.
- Bachelor's degree in social services, human services,
behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and two (2) years of paid
social service experience performing functions equivalent to a
Social Service Specialist 2.
- Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral
sciences, or an allied field and one (1) years of paid social
service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
A practicum will be substituted for the one year of paid
social service experience
- Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.
The above experience must Include one year (1) paid social
service experience assessing risk and safety to children and
providing family-centered practice services (strengthening and
preserving family units).
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal
applicant will also have some or all of the following
- Prior experience effectively communicating and working with
management, peers, clients, community colleagues, and the
- Prior experience maintaining current knowledge of applicable
laws, rules, and policies on the delivery of child protective and
child welfare services within Washington State.
- Prior experience partnering effectively with other
professionals involved in the preparation of child and family
prospective permanency families for transition and permanency
- Prior experience maintaining good working relationships with
child1s caregivers (foster parents, relatives, kin, or facility
- Prior experience including caregivers in the case planning
process and providing support for meeting a child's unique
- Prior experience implementing risk assessment in all cases as
defined by law and best practice using a preferred risk assessment
- Prior experience fully utilizing shared decision-making
processes for making case plans. Prior experience maintaining
timely Famlink documentation.
- Prior professional experience displaying effective
problem-solving skills, timely communication, strong communication
skills, attitude, listening, and self-discipline.
How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants
must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be
considered for this position:
- Cover Letter
- Current Resume
- College Transcripts
The initial screening will be based on the content and
completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All
information may be verified and documentation may be required.
Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in
the supplemental question responses will be considered
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal
history will be conducted. Information from the background check
will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in
determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform
in the position.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity,
diversity, inclusion, and respect.
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